Practical Nursing Diploma Program

Practical Nursing Diploma Program

This program prepares the graduate for certification as a Practical Nurse (PN). As a PN, the graduate will function as a member of the health care team in acute care settings such as hospitals, long-term care settings such as nursing homes, and community based settings such as home care and clinics. They can administer medications, perform nursing assessments, and conduct patient teaching and instruction. In certain settings they may be responsible for administration, and in some cases a Practical Nurse will supervise the work of others, including personal support workers.

Bridging Option

Successful graduates have a bridging option to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with the majority of courses at the college (C), University (U), plus qualify for admissions to this program:

  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Biology Grade 11 or 12 (C) or (U)
  • One of the following sciences:Chemistry Grade 11 or 12 (C) or (U), Physics Grade 11 or 12 (C) or (U)

Consideration will be given to applicants who do not possess an OSSD, but who have the above listed credits. If you do not possess these credits, feel free to contact us to learn about where you may acquire these courses. Conditional enrolment may be granted at the discretion of the Anishinabek Educational Institute.

Health Requirements

Accepted applicants MUST submit prior to entry into the Program proof of:

  • A satisfactory medical examination
  • An up-to-date immunization record including a Hepatitis B titre (within the last 24 months), TB skin test

Clinical Requirements

  • N95 Respirator Fit Testing – annual refitting required
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training Level C, which must be completed to be eligible for field placements. Annual re-certification is required – all associated costs are the responsibility of the student
  • Flu vaccination

Program of Study

Semester 1

This first-level post-secondary course will help students in all programs develop their ability to communicate effectively. The course requires students to meet first-year benchmarks for generic skills in researching, organizing, reframing, analyzing, and presenting information.

This course will examine personal learning styles, the concepts of teaching and learning, and their importance in the practice of practical nursing. The use of information technology will be applied to reading and understanding research reports. The concepts of caring, standards of practice, and reflective practice will be introduced. The learner will have the opportunity to explore the evolution of nursing, nursing theories, and the philosophy of nursing.

Using an experiential approach, this course will focus the learner on the skills necessary to communicate effectively on a personal and professional level. The concepts of caring will be used as a basis to explore the helping relationship, interviewing skills and group dynamics.

This course will introduce the learner to the theoretical and conceptual frameworks of health and healthy lifestyles, nursing process and critical thinking. The dimensions of human needs throughout the lifespan will be explored with an emphasis on the significance of self-responsibility, and the change process.

This course introduces the learner to the normal development, structures and functions of the human body. The learner will examine the physiological components of the human body in order to obtain understanding on how the structures and functions of the body are related.

This course will provide the learner opportunities to apply theoretical concepts and basic practice skills that maintain and promote health and wellness. The emphasis will be on learning the role of the novice nurse within a lab practice setting.

This course will describe the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes from pregnancy, birth, infancy, and early childhood through to late adulthood, and the end of life. Students will be introduced to some of the major theories in developmental psychology from a lifespan perspective.

This experiential learning course is designed to help learners reflect on Aboriginal peoples’ experiences of colonization and racism as these relate to health and human service care. Students will explore the concept of cultural safety as it relates to their practice. Students will be introduced to the livelihood of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples in pre-contact history and discuss the effects on overall health and well being in a contemporary paradigm. As practitioners in health and human care, students will learn to locate themselves in power imbalances that occur in practice and daily living.

Semester 2

Choose your own course.

This course will focus on health promotion and health protection strategies for selected individuals across the lifespan related to individuals, families, groups, and communities. This course will also examine the evolution of Canada’s Health Care System.

This course will provide the learner with the skills required to conduct a holistic health assessment for a normal healthy individual during all stages of the lifespan. The concepts of wellness, health promotion, health protection and client teaching will be integrated throughout the course.

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I and will further examine the relationship of body structures and their functions. Understanding of the remaining individual body systems will provide the learner with knowledge on how these systems work together to carry on complex functions of the human body.

This course further explores the concept of health promotion and health protection with well individuals. The learner will gain basic assessment and nursing skills required to care for the individual in selected age groups. The course will consist of three components: independent learning, laboratory practice and clinical experience within a variety of health care settings.

This introductory level postsecondary course will help students in health and human service programs learn how to collaborate with other professions prior to graduation. The course requires students to interact interprofessionally with other groups of students to learn with, from and about each other.

Semester 3

This course introduces the learner to the concepts of pharmacology as selected drug groups are studied. The course will emphasize the role and responsibilities of the practical nurse in the administration and monitoring of client medications.

This course will focus on assisting the learner to develop a holistic approach to nursing. A variety of approaches to learning will be utilized and critical thinking strategies will be emphasized as the learner explores the care of individuals (adult and child), families and groups experiencing and/or predisposed to health challenges in a variety of life situations. Acute, chronic, mental health, rehabilitative and restorative care will be included. This course examines the nursing care required by individuals, families and groups experiencing the pathologies outlined in Nursing Theory II.

This course provides the learner with a general understanding and working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body experiencing a health challenge. The learner will examine changes that occur in the human body and explore how the body compensates for those challenges. Included in this course is the study of basic principles of microbiology.

This course will provide the learner with opportunities to examine the role of the practical nurse when caring for individuals with health challenges. Acute medical/surgical and obstetrical, chronic, mental health, rehabilitative, restorative and palliative care may be included. The learner will utilize critical thinking skills to plan and implement holistic nursing care for clients across the lifespan. The experience will take place in the laboratory setting as well as a variety of health care settings.

Semester 4

This course continues to explore concepts of pharmacology as selected drug groups are studied. The course will emphasize the role and responsibilities of the practical nurse in the administration and monitoring of client medications.

This course the learner will continue to develop a holistic approach to nursing. A variety of approaches to learning will be utilized and critical thinking strategies will be emphasized as the learner explores the care of individuals (adult and child., families and groups experiencing and/or predisposed to common health challenges in a variety of life situations. Acute, chronic, rehabilitative, restorative and palliative care will be included.

This course continues to provide the learner with a general understanding and working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body experiencing a health challenge. The learner will examine changes that occur in the human body and explore how the body compensates for those challenges.

This course will provide the learner with further opportunities to examine the role of the practical nurse when caring for individuals with health challenges. Acute medical/surgical and obstetrical, chronic, mental health, rehabilitative, restorative and palliative care may be included. The learner will utilize critical thinking skills to plan and implement holistic nursing care for clients across the lifespan. The experience will take place in the laboratory setting as well as a variety of health care settings.

This course will prepare the learner for entry into the workplace through exploration of leadership, conflict resolution and advocacy. Leadership and management roles within health care will be examined. The process of transition from student to nurse will be explored.

Semester 5

7 weeks/280 hours
This clinical experience will provide the learner with the opportunity to consolidate skills and knowledge at a level approaching that of a beginning graduate. Partnered with a Registered Practical Nurse, as a preceptor, the learner will gradually increase nursing practice skills within the professional role.

Clinical Placements

Employers who provide our clinical placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the clinical setting. The police record check MUST be obtained by the student and at the student’s expense every six (6) months. If you are not able to obtain this police clearance you will be unable to attend clinical placement, which would result in you not meeting requirements for graduation eligibility.

Information About Programs

All programs offered at the Anishinabek Educational Institute are full-time programs. Our programs are not only designed to reduce the high stress levels which develop when students are away from their family, community, and workplace responsibilities, but are also designed to enable students to retain their jobs while being trained.

Delivery Options

Community Based

Community based delivery programs can either be delivered as on-campus or combination delivery.

Combination Delivery

Students are required to attend intensive two week in-class sessions twice per semester alternating with a five to six week return to their community while still maintaining a full-time program workload.

On-Campus Delivery

Programs are delivered at one of our campuses or at a partnering community. On-campus delivery requires students to participate in-class on a full-time daily basis during each semester.

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